Disney Springs continues their massive revamping with the announcement Friday of a new restaurant set to open in Summer 2016 by Chef Art Smith called Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine.
Chef Smith is originally from Jasper, Florida and after appearances on “Iron Chef”, “Top Chef” and “Top Chef Masters” in addition to cooking for celebrities and public figures, the name of the new restaurant is directly inspired by his return to his roots.
According to the official Disney Parks Blog, the “Homecoming” menu features classic Southern favorites with Smith’s personal touch evident including homemade pimento cheese, Church Lady deviled eggs, low country shrimp and grits, kale salad with Sweet Grass Dairy cheese and spiced pecans and a grilled Blackstrap pork chop with sawmill gravy.
Plenty of dessert selections will also be available, including cakes and pies made daily and shipped from a bakery in Hamilton County.
“Each dish has a little Florida twist and make guests feel like they’re on the back porch with me for every meal,” says Smith.
Adding to the hometown flavor that Walt Disney World is trying to achieve with the re-branding of Downtown Disney to the newly named Disney Springs, the new restaurant will have a “rustic-chic” decor. It will feature a glass-walled show kitchen and the Southern Shine bar, offering an assortment of refreshing cocktails and drinks for patrons looking to cool off from the Florida sunshine.